Mevlevi Chess Set
for Lukas

Office  Tornavida Design Year  2019

The height and weight of the individual piece types of this chess set, which is inspired by the Melevi سَمَاع‎ (samā‘), corresponds to their relative value in the game. Conical cavities in the pieces are filled with bismuth for heft, balance, and stability, resulting in a 34-piece set (with additional queens) weighing 1600 grams.

In addition to a black felt pad beneath the pieces, a inward-sloping bevel gives the impression of the pieces floating above the chess board like the cloak of a dervish in motion.
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